FRIDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Herald No. 1 Westover girls edge Americus, end regular season 24-1

AMERICUS — The Herald No. 1 Westover Lady Patriots bounced back from a bitter 51-48 loss to Monroe on Tuesday to beat Americus-Sumter on Friday night, 47-42. Tuesday’s loss ended their perfect season as Westover finished the regular season with a 24-1 record.

“That’s (still) a great season,’’ Westover coach Lewis Smith said. “Now we just have to get it going in the postseason.”

Westover, which will be the No. 1 seed and host the Region 1-AAA tournament next week, was led by Herald Super 6ers DyTiesha Dunson with 16 points and Ieshia Young, who scored 14 points.

A’Dasjah Mercer led Americus with 14 points and Ashley Howard added 10 points for the Lady Panthers (16-8 and 6-6 in the region), who will be the fifth seed in the region tournament.

Lee County girls 43, Calhoun 25: Herald Super 6er DaQuenna Moore led Lee with 11 points, Maggie O’Conner added nine and the Lady Trojans ran away from the Lady Cougars down the stretch for a solid non-region win Friday.

Lee outscored Calhoun, 19-8, in the third quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Brandi Buie led Calhoun with 13 points.

Lee closes out its regular season tonight at home against Turner County, while Calhoun closes out its regular season by hosting Miller County.

Lee will then open the region tournament Monday as the No. 1 seed against No. 4 Houston County at Northside, Columbus.

SEMINOLE boys 64, Quitman 57: Jamarcus Gray led the way with 16 points for the Indians, while Jakezmine King and John Hudson each added 12.

Seminole closes out its regular season tonight at home against Pelham and then will host the subregion’s 4-5 games Tuesday for the right to advance to the region tournament.

Crisp County girls 67, Cairo 38: The Lady Cougars secured the No. 3 seed in Region 1-AAA on Friday with a rout of the Lady Syrupmakers heading into next week’s region tournament, which begins Thursday and will be hosted by Westover.

Nasheema Oliver led Crisp with 27 points, followed by 15 from Kiedra Green and Adrianna Dennard with 11.

Crisp closes out its regular season tonight at Dooly County.

Bainbridge boys 73, RANDOLPH-CLAY 48: The Herald No. 4 Bearcats have now won 15 in a row after demolishing Randolph-Clay for the second time this season.

Paul Chukes led the way with 20 and Dontavius Marshall added 13 for Bainbridge, which will now look ahead to next week’s Region 1-AAAA tournament. The Bearcats, who are the No. 1 seed, will open against Warner Robins on Tuesday at Northside, Columbus.

Randolph-Clay was led by Herald Super 6er Shaquille Nunnally’s 20 points Friday, while Gary McCrae added 11.

Bainbridge girls 64, R-C 44: The Lady Bearcats made it a clean sweep as well of R-C on Friday thanks to 14 points from Takeia Crankfield and 12 from Richanna Jackson. Kanekia Washington led all scorers with 20 for the Lady Red Devils.

Bainbridge closed out its regular season 15-9 and is the No. 2 seed heading into next week’s 1-AAAA tournament and will face Hardaway on Monday at Northside, Columbus.

Pelham girls 46, Colquitt 43: The Lady Hornets, who saw their 15-game win streak snapped last month by the Lady Packers, exacted revenge Friday night thanks to a game-high 16 points from Herald Super 16 Shay Reese, who also made clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Octavia Kierce added 14, and she also hit two big free throws in the final 20 seconds, while freshman and leading scorer Briunna Freeman added 10.

Pelham (22-2) closes out its regular season tonight at Seminole, then will turn its attention to the Region 1-A tournament next week, playing the winner of the play-in game between Baker County and Terrell County on Thursday at Pelham.

Pelham has not only repeated as the regular-season champ by finishing unbeaten in 1-A play, but will go for its second region tournament championship next week.

Calhoun County boys 57, Lee County 49: The Herald No. 5 Cougars remained hot, winning their 10th in a row Friday thanks to a game-high 25 points from Raishun Anderson. Josh Cabrera led Lee with 18 points, followed by 10 from Jalen Burns.

Lee closes outs its regular season tonight at home, while Calhoun closes out its regular season by hosting Miller County.

Lee then will open up the 1-AAAA tournament on Tuesday against Northside, Columbus, while Calhoun opens play as the No. 1 seed in 1-A later in the week.